Birds are singing, blossom is bubbling its candyfloss froth over recently bare trees, primroses and daffodils are peeking out their yellow faces at the ever-lingering sun, Spring has certainly Sprung.
Today is the Spring Equinox and I thought it about time to showcase our Spring Basket.
For a few years now we have constantly available a basket of seasonally relevant books, this is usually a mix of fiction and non-fiction, learning and craft and now as Littlefae is branching out her reading we are adding early chapter books and some shorter MG books for read-aloud.
If you have any ideas or great suggestions to add to the Spring basket please let me know!
In Blossom-Yooju Cheon (Francis Lincoln/ Quarto 2019)
This beautiful and peaceful minimalist book was originally published in Korea, and it has such an air of calm and sweetness about this simple meet-cute of a cat and a dog respectively sitting under a Cherry Blossom Tree in full Blossom.
National Trust Look and Say What You See: In the Countryside- Sebastian Braun ( Nosy Crow 2016)
Both Littlefae and Tinyfae are huge fans of search and find books, and this is a lovely one for Tinyfae to improve her vocabulary and hone her searching skills whilst learning about different creatures in countryside settings. Admittedly not a pure ‘Spring’ book, we do seem to bring out the wildlife books at this time of year!
Maths in Nature: Sorting through Spring- Lizann Flatt & Ashley Barron (Franklin Watts 2017)
These are rather clever books are great for primary maths covering things like differences, patterns, counting and sorting different values and identifying from clues, they consider real life maths applications. The only downside from a British educational perspective is that it’s using Canadian wildlife which there are some differences such as prairie chickens and Caribou but on the whole it’s a very interesting book.
National Trust: Sunflower Shoots and Muddy Boots- Katherine Halliday & Grace Easton (Nosy Crow 2019)
This gorgeous little gardening primer has lots of ideas, introductory information and projects to get started whether you have only a windowsill, acres of land and anything in between. Spiral bound and wipe clean, this is a very thoughtful and inspiring book for young potential gardeners.
A Walk Through Nature- Clover Robin words by Libby Walden (caterpillar/ Little Tiger 2019)
I was so excited to win this prize on Twitter as it’s exactly the kind of book we love. A combination of beautiful collage illustrations, dreamy yet fact-based poetry and excellent facts of habitats and life cycles. It’s a fantastic jumping off point for further investigations, art, crafts or storytelling/poetry/song writing and full of the vivacious greenness of Spring.
Hooray for Hoppy- Tim Hopgood (Macmillan 2014)
Hoppy awakes from hibernation but isn’t sure whether it’s Spring or not? He must use all his senses to make sure! Essentially a senses primer but is a glorious celebration of the seasonal sensory experience of Spring.
Rabbit’s Spring Adventure- Anita Loughrey & Daniel Howarth (QED/ Quarto 2012)
A gorgeous gentle story about a young rabbit who gets lost whilst exploring after a long winter’s nap and gets help from other creatures on a Spring morning. I particularly love these books as they include recommended activities and a round up of the factual information we can deduct from the story. Excellent for exploring non-fiction elements within a fictional narrative and building the literacy skills towards this too.
Abracadabra it’s Spring: Anne Sibley O’Brien & Susan Gal ( Abrams Appleseed)
This gatefold book of changes is absolutely stunning, we have the matching Autumn edition too. This explores the changes across Spring from snowdrops pushing their way through the earth towards the creeping edges of summer by the end of the book and just is a gorgeous celebration of the return of life and colour to the world.